California Department of Transportation
 

Traffic Control Devices

Signs and Workzones Branch

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is responsible for rules and regulations contained in the California MUTCD.  The California MUTCD prescribes uniform standards and specifications for official traffic signs to be used on streets and highways in California. The Office of Traffic Engineering responsible for Caltrans standard specifications, standard plans and special provisions pertaining to signs and traffic control on State highway construction projects and for the administration of contracts for procurement of traffic signs to be used on State highways.

Recent Events: Effective December 9, 2015 California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has made edits, referred to as Revision 1 (Rev 1), to the 2014 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (California MUTCD), to provide uniform standards and specifications for all official traffic control devices in California. This action was taken pursuant to the provisions of California Vehicle Code Section 21400 and the recommendations of the California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC). Caltrans has received a letter to confirm substantial conformance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the California MUTCD 2014, Rev 1.

The California MUTCD 2014, Rev 1 includes FHWA’s MUTCD 2009 edition dated December 19, 2009 and revised in May 2012, as amended for use in California. The California MUTCD 2014, Rev 1 also includes policies on traffic control devices issued by the Department since November 7, 2014, and other corrections and format changes that were necessary to update the previous documents.

For more information on the California MUTCD adoption, visit the California MUTCD webpage linked below.


TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES - PROGRAMS

California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD)
- California MUTCD - NEW 2014 Rev 1 edits as of 12/9/15
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  Exit Number Signs
Cal-NExUS (California Numbered Exit Uniform System)
  Specific Service (Business Logo) Signs Program
Program designed to direct motorists not familiar with the area to "FUEL," "FOOD," "LODGING," and "CAMPING" services at or near rural freeway interchanges.
  Tourist Oriented Directional Signs Program
Program designed to guide "out-of-town" travelers to California's tourist attractions.
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This committee is the vehicle by which the Department fulfills its obligation to consult with local agencies and the public, before adopting rules and regulations prescribing uniform standards and specifications for all official traffic control devices used in California.



Revised 12/16/15